If like me you’ve been waiting forever for Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster” (aka “The Grandmasters”, depending on who you ask), then the wait is almost over. Almost. Oh, who are we kidding. It’s still going to be a while before the movie hits Stateside theaters, and even then, you’ll have to be at the right place in the right city to actually watch it on the big screen. For most of you, this is a DVD/VOD movie.
Until then, the Weinstein Company has slapped together a very familiar looking trailer, except this time the voiceover narration is in English and by some dude with a really cool “movie guy” voice. Bruce Lee’s teacher, apparently, is a “win at all cost” type of guy. Works for me.
The Grandmaster is an epic martial arts drama set against the tumultuous backdrop of 1930’s China and inspired by the life and times of the legendary IP Man, mentor to Bruce Lee. The plot encompasses themes of war, family, revenge, desire, love, and memory. With his signature style-defining mood, atmosphere and reality, director Wong Kar-Wai delves into the eternal question in martial arts of whether the victor is more than merely the “last man standing”, and brings the genre to new heights.
“The Grandmaster” stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang, Cung Le, Hye-kyo Song, Siu-Lung Leung, Julian Cheung, Benshan Zhao, and Qingxiang Wang.
Kickin’ ass in the rain this August 23, 2013.
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